In 2013, when Ed Miliband was leader of the Labour Party, the Daily Mail launched a shameful attack on his late father Ralph – and of course by proxy on Ed Miliband himself – calling him “The man who hated Britain“.
Ralph Miliband was a Jewish refugee from the nazis who became a key figure in UK left-wing politics. Accusing a Jewish person of greater loyalty to another country is considered intrinsically antisemitic.
Ed Miliband, labelled ‘Red Ed’ by the tabloid press, was considerably more to the left than some in his party wanted in their leader. Many of those now attacking the current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – and especially the Labour right, which benefited from the attacks – were silent.
Miliband attacked the Mail for lying about his late father – but Tory politicians supported the claims, including then Health and now Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt:
And one journalist, an arch-critic of Corbyn in the attacks now, went on record to approve of the attack:
Of the few politicians who had the morals and backbone to publicly defend the memory of the dead Jewish Labour activist – and by extension his son – was a little-known Labour backbencher.
He did not hold back – and appeared on the BBC to show support for the defamed Jewish activist:
Jeremy Corbyn’s strong article in yesterday’s Guardian reaching out to the Jewish community has been attacked by his critics as cynical.
But in 2013, when few had heard of him and he had nothing to gain politically from it, he was among those who stood shoulder to shoulder with the man then leading the Labour Party to defend Ed Miliband’s late father from a vile attack on his memory.
Many of those now attacking Corbyn cannot say the same.
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